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senate republicans, too, including from the likes of john mccain, who don't want to see that much power go to the president. they're circulating an alternative plan that would cut from federal employee retirement benefits, food stamps and other measures in order to get to that $85 billion in cuts. there is no unanimity among senate republicans but as we know as we're seeing right now none of this is going to pass anyway this week. we'll probably head into the sequester and then when it comes time to negotiate, the continuing resolution, and avert a government shutdown on march 27th. >> one of the things we've seen over the last couple weeks, karen, is increasing nervousness by governors all around the country. new jersey's chris christie took aim at washington during his budget address yesterday. i want to play a little clip of that. >> their failure to take on the nation's budget challenges and address the unsustainability of the nation's long-term liabilities is nothing short of inexcusable. it's pastime for washington to get its act together. that will take two things. bipartisanship
guy from running against you. but this should not be politics. >> senator john mccain's response to politics, you played politics, too. >> in 1989 they filibustered or basically stopped him from coming to the floor of the senate. we didn't have a secretary of defense for three months. it didn't seem to bother harry reid or carl levin at the time. >> i want to bring in david nak can amura. >> hi, chris. >> what happened here? did the president misread how this was going to be? >> this has been something that he's dealt with for the past couple years. the white house thinks that republicans are purposefully trying to sort of bottle up not only these higher level appointees but lower level judges. it's not that they didn't expect it. we got an e-mail yesterday from senior white house officials saying, take a deep breath. it's going to happen. they are sort of trying to influence stories to make sure it doesn't take on a momentum of their own and go off the rails. it is a problem. you see the president during his state of the union address saying in terms of gun control and other vot
the cuts. i don't know. does that have any chance, ed? >> not necessarily. we talked to john mccain at length after a vote on the senate floor. he said, why would we spend months approving an authorization bill only for the defense secretary to decide where to make cuts? so i think you would see some republican resistance to that kind of a plan on top of a potential democratic opposition. that's one republican proposal. the democratic proposal which may get a vote later this week would end direct payments to farmers which was part of the bipartisan farm bill passed last year, one of the few bipartisan things to get through the senate and died in the house. the other thing democrats would do is raise taxes on the wealthy. that also expected to fail in the senate. >> all right. we're waiting to hear from nancy pelosi as we just heard from speaker boehner. i want to bring in a republican of virginia and member of the armed services committee. good morning, congressman. >> good morning, chris. how are you? >> the impact in virginia would be 90,000 civilians furloughed from d.o.d., army
should end in confirmation. senator john mccain, a vocal hagel critic says they've had their say and republicans shouldn't hold things up any longer. >> we will have a vote when we get back and i am confident that senator hagel will probably have the votes necessary to be confirmed as the secretary of defense. we have an obligation of advice and consent. i don't intend to give those up when other senators continue to have reasonable questions, and i mean reasonable. >> you're not a yes vote for your old friend? >> no. i don't believe he is qualified. i don't believe that we should hold up his nomination any further. >> coming up, we'll discuss chuck haggle's nomination with someone that's been through the process, former energy secretary bill richardson that just got back from a trip to north korea. we'll be right back. >>> the united nations security council is meeting to talk about north korea and what to do after the country carried out the third underground nurk lar guest. let me bring in bill richardson that just returned from a trip to north korea and u.s. ambassador to the
, interacting with the foreign policy and lindsey graham and john mccains, the republican party. now we are finally seeing it. the sort of anti-spending wing has overtaken the foreign policy. at least its it comes to this issue. >> chris van holland, good morning, congressman. >> good morning, chris. >> what's going on behind the scenes to get a deal right now? is there any communication at all? you heard the criticism that -- that the president is not meeting with congressional leaders. both sides have been blaming each other. what's going on in a way that mate solve this? >> well, chris, there has been communication but that's very i different, as you know, than a negotiation. we have not seen a negotiation. primarily because republicans con to cling to their position they will not accept one penny of additional revenue as part of a balanced alternative to the sequester. what the president, democrats, said we understand. we have to make tough cuts and do them at a targeted and smart way but we should also be cutting these tax loopholes that benefit very wealthy individuals and which,
hagel is at the center of a senate showdown. even senator john mccain now backing away from his no filibuster stance of weeks past. the majority leader harry reid took to the floor of the last hour to make this impassioned plea. >> in less than two hours, our country will be without a secretary of defense. there is never in the history of the country been a filibuster of a defense secretary nominee.
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